'Click it or Ticket' campaign underway; officers checking seat belts at random spots
CAMPBELL Co., Va. (WSET) -- The 'Click It or Ticket' campaign is now underway.
Members of law enforcement were out in full force Friday on the Monacan Bridge in Campbell County.
They greeted drivers and checked to make sure seat belts were being put to good use.
Multiple agencies have participated in the effort for nearly a decade because officers said it's about wearing seat belts to save lives.
They also checked licenses and registrations while they were at it.
"Please wear your seatbelt," said Lt. Tony Martin with the Lynchburg Police Department. "It's state law, so that's what we're out here promoting today."
The campaign will continue through the end of the month.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belt users are 45% less likely to be fatally injured in a crash. In addition, statistics show that 79% of people ejected in a crash die; 30% of unbelted motorists are ejected during a crash.
NHTSA studies show that drivers and front-seat passengers are five times more likely to die in a crash if the rear passengers are not wearing seatbelts, and this is particularly the case in head-on collisions, according to the DMV.